I've received several entries for the Stamping Madly Cardmaking Contest. Brand new stampers, experienced cardmakers, and some in between have decided to show their stuff!
Now that the flurry of the Free Shipping weekend has abated, I can start posting the cards for your comments. Since I haven't been able to post any this past week, I've extended the deadline for submitting cards to April 19th. If you haven't sent me a card, I'd love to have you share your creations. Use this link see the Cardmaking Contest Rules. After an inquiry from a stamper, I also added that it's ok to use a design you've cased, as long as you've changed it in some ways to make it your own. See Contest update post.
If you are intimidated by the requirement to write out the instructions, or if your card is made with retired Stampin' Up! products, then I'll accept them as "honorary entries." I posted one last week from a customer who shared her very first card. I thought that was very brave of her!
Those of you who have followed me for a while have no idea where I started, so in the spirit of sharing, no matter what level of skill you have, I thought I'd share two of my very first cards.
I started making cards in January, 2009, and became a Demonstrator in February. Before that, I used to see what my friend JoAnne was making, and loved all the yummy colors, card stock, stamps and inks. When I finally had the space to learn a new craft, I found a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who showed me how to get started. I couldn't wait to get started, and made my first card with materials I'd bought at a craft store.
As soon as I got my first order of Stampin' Up! merchandise, I was astounded at the difference in quality, and the joy of having inks, card stock, and embellishments all in matching colors. Here's my very first Stampin' Up! card (I've kept it all these years to remind me where I started):
OK, I've shown you mine, now it's your time to show me yours! Whether your card fits the rules, or you want to send an "honorary entry," email me with your creations at firstname.lastname@example.org. When I post yours, I'll send you the link so you can forward it to your friends and family to show them you're "published."
I hope these "first card" photos will encourage you to send samples for the Stamping Madly Cardmaking Contest today!